Hidden under the cliffs of Uluwatu, at the southern tip of Bali, nestles an exquisite little spot, famous amongst surfers from all over the world. The locals call it Suluban beach, sulub means “dodge”. The contour of the terrain consists of many smalls caves and narrow slits, so visitors must bend (and sometimes crawl) to reach the white sand beach – hence the local name of Suluban. Suluban beach is actually located below the cliff next to Uluwatu temple. After passing Uluwatu temple, on your left side there is a huge sign for Blue Point Hotel. The paved pathway leads to a spacious parking area from where one can admire the surf break. To get to the beach, which is tucked around 50 metres under the cliff-top

TEXT AND Photo by Kartika D. suardana

Hidden under the cliffs of Uluwatu, at the southern tip of Bali, nestles an exquisite little spot, famous amongst surfers from all over the world. The locals call it Suluban beach, sulub means “dodge”. The contour of the terrain consists of many smalls caves and narrow slits, so visitors must bend (and sometimes crawl) to reach the white sand beach – hence the local name of Suluban. 

Suluban beach is actually located below the cliff next to Uluwatu temple. After passing Uluwatu temple, on your left side there is a huge sign for Blue Point Hotel. The paved pathway leads to a spacious parking area from where one can admire the surf break. To get to the beach, which is tucked around 50 metres under the cliff-top, you have to walk down the stairs passing through shops and restaurants on the way. At the end of the stairs is a spacious natural dome of rock, beneath which lies white sand. From there, you can choose different loopholes that will take you to the breathtaking Suluban beach. 

I recently visited the surf site, which is nominated as a World Surfing Reserve. The surfing destination, which is now also proposed to be part of the Marine Managed Area of the Regency of Badung, is actually not only famous amongst surfers but also travellers who come for sight-seeing and capturing breathtaking pictures. I remember that a few years ago the basic concrete stairs toward the beach wound between small local shops selling very basic meals and surfboard rentals, but now as the tourism in the area grows, it has had a face lift. Several branded stores adorn the walkway on the way down to the beach. I was actually a bit disappointed that the top of several big rocks are now cut flat and made into sunbathing areas. It doesn’t look as natural as it used to.

Anyway, the good point of this development is easy access to the beach, a variety of food options and also chilled beer. However, the view on and off the cliff is still absolutely superb. 

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